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Diversity Committee

Membership 2014-2015

  • Sharon Ladenson (Chair)
  • Joshua Barton
  • Chris DeFord
  • Erica Ervin
  • Navidad Gonzalez
  • Jon Harrison
  • Ranti Junus
  • ​Jill Morningstar
  • ​Emily Treptow
  • ​Tina Qin

Promoting Diversity in Librarianship
Charge of the Diversity Advisory Committee:

  • In conjunction with appropriate Libraries' staff, plan public programming on diversity and inclusion for
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in support of the University theme, and
    • Other similar diversity events/celebrations, as needed.
  • In conjunction with Libraries' Human Resources, identify and recommend programming on diversity and inclusion for staff.
  • The Diversity Committee Chair keeps the AD for Public Services informed of activities.



Diversity Display Case Schedule

Date Display Topic People
May - July 2014 LBGTQ YA literature Jill Morningstar
August – Mid October 2014 One Book, One Community (Three Voices on Race in America: March Book One, Fruitvale Station, and Grace of Silence) Chris DeFord, Sheila Bryant, and Joshua Barton
October-December 2014 Native American heritage and participation in the Civil War Jon Harrison
January-February 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Anniversary "Multicultural Heroes: Crossing Borders, Breaking Barriers, and Building Bridges" Emily Treptow
March-April 2015 Women in science and technology  Tina Qin, Ranti Junus, and Erica Ervin
May-July 2015 LBGTQ Pride Sharon Ladenson and Joshua Barton

Observance of Holidays:

This project was started to inform library staff who are scheduling library events of the observance of some religious holidays that might prevent some staff from attending the event. The spreadsheet below is updated yearly for a set of major holidays identified by the Diversity Committee.

Holiday Calendar Spreadsheet (use MSU NetID to view in GoogleApps)

Diversity Resources in the MSU Libraries

We have a number of Diversity Research Guides to help you find books, journals and movies by or about African Americans, Arab Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Jewish, Muslim and other religious groups, LGBTQ persons, and other populations.

Diversity Standards:

Promoting Diversity Opportunities in Librarianship:

Diversity Grants:

Services for Persons with Disabilities

If you are in need of assistance using the library, please visit the Services for Persons with Disabilities page.